Bartender: “Hi! Can I get you something to drink?”
Guest: “No thank you. I’ll have a water.”
This. Drives. Us. Nuts.
Water is a drink. It provides hydration; in fact, about 65% of our bodies are made up of this stuff. But when you walk into an establishment that owns a license to distribute alcohol, this does not mean you actually have to consume any. If it’s 11:30 in the morning and you want a glass of orange juice, there’s nothing wrong with that! If you want an extra spicy bloody mary or a Grey Goose martini, that’s ok too. But if you plan an consuming a beverage… ANY beverage… do not answer “No.”
Maybe, “I’ll just have a water,” or “Could I just have a diet coke?” If a bartender asks, “Would you like to start out with a glass of wine or a Cosmo?” THEN the appropriate response would be, “No thank you. I’ll have a water.”
Don’t sell water short people. You’ll have plenty of chances to prove yourself. Like when the response to “Can I get you something to drink?” is “Yes please. Ketel one, straight up, tiny bit dirty, no fruit. And keep ’em coming.” Until then, stay hydrated everyone!